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Artisan Hayate vs Icemat

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Which one would you recommend?

I need this to last 3-5 years so durability and consistency through the years is a must.
post #2 of 9
Cloth tends to have a longer life. I've never had an icemat so its hard to say how the glass holds up. Another problem with hard pads is you will need to replace your mousefeet many times if it lasts those years. Mouse feet on a cloth pad basically never wear out.
post #3 of 9
I've been using the same icemat for about 5 or 6 years now and its perfectly fine. Just requires cleaning from time to time. The only gripe I have is that I've taken it to LAN's a lot so its moved around a lot, and the paint on the bottom of it got scratched quite a bit, letting some light shine through. I have it in black though, so its nothing a little touch of paint or a sharpie can fix. Even though its made of glass its pretty tough. I've dropped it a few times, and there are still no cracks or chips or anything.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Distort;15215518 
I've been using the same icemat for about 5 or 6 years now and its perfectly fine. Just requires cleaning from time to time. The only gripe I have is that I've taken it to LAN's a lot so its moved around a lot, and the paint on the bottom of it got scratched quite a bit, letting some light shine through. I have it in black though, so its nothing a little touch of paint or a sharpie can fix. Even though its made of glass its pretty tough. I've dropped it a few times, and there are still no cracks or chips or anything.

How is the surface durability?

I mean, have you developed "smooth spots" like in the middle of the pad? One of my major gripes with pads like the SteelSeries SP is how quickly they wear out. When you initially get a hard plastic pad it's absolutely great but as soon as you develop a spot where it's worn out it feels god awful. I've been looking into the Icemat but I'm reluctant because I'm wondering if this will just be like another hard plastic pad.

I'm honestly on the verge of switching back to cloth just due to the fact that I burn through hard plastic pads way too quickly.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by sixxxxxx;15215637 
How is the surface durability?

I mean, have you developed "smooth spots" like in the middle of the pad? One of my major gripes with pads like the SteelSeries SP is how quickly they wear out. When you initially get a hard plastic pad it's absolutely great but as soon as you develop a spot where it's worn out it feels god awful. I've been looking into the Icemat but I'm reluctant because I'm wondering if this will just be like another hard plastic pad.

I'm honestly on the verge of switching back to cloth just due to the fact that I burn through hard plastic pads way too quickly.

The Steelseries glass surface is extremely durable. It will easily last five years or so without generating worn out spots. Cloth pads, atleast for me, generate those worn-out spots extremely easy, making it awkward to aim with the mouse. Meaning when theres a 10cm spot in the middle where the mouse feels sticky, and outside that area it feels smooth. Doesn't quite feel right. With the Steelseries, you don't generate this problem over time.
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Originally Posted by Izvire;15215717 
The Steelseries glass surface is extremely durable. It will easily last five years or so without generating worn out spots. Cloth pads, atleast for me, generate those worn-out spots extremely easy, making it awkward to aim with the mouse. Meaning when theres a 10cm spot in the middle where the mouse feels sticky, and outside that area it feels smooth. Doesn't quite feel right. With the Steelseries, you don't generate this problem over time.

That sounds amazing, I'll have to try one out here pretty soon. Yeah, I have the same "sticky spots" on my SP. I end up twisting and turning my mouse pad so I can use the spots where it still feels new.

What does the surface feel like? Like a hard plastic pad or something completely different?
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Originally Posted by sixxxxxx;15215773 
That sounds amazing, I'll have to try one out here pretty soon. Yeah, I have the same "sticky spots" on my SP. I end up twisting and turning my mouse pad so I can use the spots where it still feels new.

What does the surface feel like? Like a hard plastic pad or something completely different?

Well.. it feels like glass. Cold and smooth. I used to use a wristband, because when your wrist gets sweaty, it sticks to the glass, making it awkward once again to aim. But, you really have to try it out to figure out if it's the right choice for you.
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Frosted glass would probably have the best durability but I'm curious about the hayate since it's very high quality for a cloth pad.
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Do you have some secret supplier for the Hayate? If so, I demand a link. I haven't seen any in stock for at least a month now.
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